Roles turned down by Kathryn Grayson:
Grayson refused to work with Mario Lanza due to his rude behavior on her two films with him, so MGM brought in Broadway ingenue Doretta Morrow and he was horrible to her too. She refused to make another film after that and never did.
Actor who got the part: Doretta Morrow
As early as March 1951, Miss Grayson was set to star in the film with Gene Kelly. By the time Kelly came back from Europe (for his Invitation to the Dance), Miss Grayson's contract with MGM had lapsed. A real shame, since the score of the film would have needed her coloratura soprano.
Actor who got the part: Cyd Charisse
Grayson was originally announced for this part, but was not cast in the primarily dancing role as she was primarily a singer.
Actor who got the part: Ann Miller
Grayson was considered to play opera singer Marjorie Lawrence, but Lawrence ruled her out as "too pretty."
Actor who got the part: Eleanor Parker
Did you know that Kathryn Grayson was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)